I did a blog for New England Speculative Writers about self-editing.
Stories of the end of civilized life have always fascinated us, from the mythological world endings, Armageddon to Ragnorok, to the flood stories of across the Ancient world. They make us wonder what we would do if all around us came to an end: no transport, no fuel, no communications: a retreat into the desperation, the onslaught of disease, how would we survive? This is the source of zombie literature and provides the inspiration for this fabulous mix of horror and adventure, of classic and brand new writing in the successful series of Gothic Fantasy titles from Flame Tree. Features my story Bleed the Weak.
Check out the first Tuesletter … updates from the Tuesday Mayhem Society! TMS Consists of myself, April Hawks, Peter N. Dudar, and Emma Gibbon.
Tuesday Mayhem Society – Winter 2018 Tuesletter – http://mailchi.mp/ad998ff7cbe6/tuesday-mayhem-society-winter-2018-tuesletter-481909
If you would like to join our list, click here. We’ll be sending fiction, blogs, and poetry, as well as news, recipes, and other cool stuffs.
Top 10 Favorite Occult, Horror, and/or Supernatural Comics
by Bob Freeman
- Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella
Warren Publishing was a staple for me growing up. Horrific, and oft times titillating, Warren’s triumvirate of black and white magazines sported lurid covers by the likes of Frank Frazetta with interiors by some of the greatest artists of the era including Gene Colan, Neal Adams, Gray Morrow, John Severin, and Alex Toth.
- Ghosts, House of Mystery, House of Secrets, The Witching Hour
DC Comics’ run of horror titles in the 70s were highly coveted by me. Mainly for the covers, many of which fell from the pencil of Neal Adams. Every one of those titles listed above, and the other books of their ilk like Secrets of Haunted House, Secrets of Sinister House, Ghost Castle, et al, birthed stories in my head by their covers alone.
- Locke & Key
Gabriel Rodríguez and Joe Hill delivered one of the most original and exciting comic series in years with their tale of the Locke family and their connection to Lovecraft, Massachusetts and Keyhouse.
- Afterlife with Archie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla reinvented Archie comics with the zombie-themed Afterlife. Even better is Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack’s take on Sabrina. I grew up on Archie, so when their offered up this new spin, especially the Lovecraftian bent that Sabrina has taken, I was all in.
- Tomb of Dracula, Werewolf By Night, The Son of Satan, Frankenstein’s Monster
I would not be the man I am today if not for Marvel’s horror run. Tomb of Dracula and Werewolf By Night were particular obsessions. While DC’s covers were more inspiring, it was Marvel’s stories that swept me off my feet.
Alan Moore is unmistakably a genius. A mad genius, but a genius just the same. Promethea is a brilliant exploration of magic, mysticism, and more, mindblowingly illustrated by JH Williams III.
- Dr. Strange
Doctor Strange melted my brain as a kid. I remember my mom bought me a box of old comics in the early 70s and in it were a hoary host of Strange comics. Mind-bending and mind-expanding, this was what I wanted to be when I grew up: a sorcerer supreme.
Bless you, Neil Gaiman. What a wild ride Sandman turned out to be. Deeply steeped in myth and magic, Gaiman explored the multiverse, weaving an intricate web of poetry in comic form.
- Alan Moore’s Lovecraft Cycle
Have I mentioned Alan Moore’s brilliance? His Lovecraft Cycle, which includes The Courtyard, Neonomicon, and Providence, is a real tour de force. Jacen Burrows really shines here, bringing Moore’s perverse vision to life.
- John Constantine, the Hellblazer
Constantine’s a real piece of work. Created by Alan Moore as a working-class magician, he evolved to become the very epitome of the modern occult detective. John’s a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking con man. He’s also a survivor whose friends have a tendency to get dead, cursed, or worse.
When Constantine is at its best, there is no better occult horror out there. Sadly, the best of his run, being the original 300 issues under Vertigo, was swept away, and the Constantine after has been far more integrated into the DC Universe. More’s the pity. He works best in a world all his own (well, not totally alone. I like the occasional appearance from other DC occult “heroes”, especially Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon).
If I were given the DC reins for a bit, the first thing I would do would be to establish an Occult Universe, completely separate from that populated by Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the rest.
About the author: Bob Freeman is an author, artist, and paranormal adventurer whose previous novels include Shadows Over Somerset and Keepers of the Dead.
A lifelong student of mythology, folklore, magic, and religion, Freeman has written numerous short stories, articles, and reviews for various online and print publications and is a respected lecturer on the occult and paranormal phenomena.
He lives in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor.
Mr. Freeman can be found online at OccultDetective.com
Book Synopsis for First Born: From the arcane sorceries of “The Wickedest Man in the World” to the supernatural exploits of Occult Detective Landon Connors and the harrowing investigations of Agents Wolfe and Crowe,this collection of macabre tales of the black arts treads the dangerous landscape between this world and that populated by angels and demons, gods and devils, ghosts and spirits, and the legendary creatures of our darkest imaginings.
First Born is the beginning of the journey into the Liber Monstrorum, the Chronicles of those Occult Detectives who are the last line of defense against those preternatural forces that threaten to destroy a world that refuses to believe that such things exist…
Author Bob Freeman is crashing my blog! He’s also apparently a big Alan Moore fan, as am I! Stay tuned … his post will be up later this week.
Northern Frights has made the preliminary ballot for the Stokers. My short story ‘Agony Chamber’ made the recommended reading list, but did not make the ballot. (This also happened with my novel ABODE)
Congrats to all my antho-buddies, and everyone else who made the preliminary ballot.
Cultum Interitum from Poland. They just released their first demo, and it is solid, atmospheric black metal.
Check out their demo here:
Thrilled to be part of Flametree’s next anthology, Endless Apocalypse.
Here’s the information that was posted on their site:
Due for release next March, Endless Apocalypse and Alien Invasion are the newest additions to our series of short story anthologies, and we’re excited to already share the list of authors chosen for inclusion in each book. In keeping with the format of the rest of the series, the two new anthologies consist of a selection of contemporary tales as well as classic authors, and the last few weeks have been busy with the careful process of selecting this new fiction, reading through the 800 stories received in response to our call for submissions. Endless Apocalypse is shaping up to be a thrilling exploration of the struggle for survival in the aftermath of destruction, presenting imaginative visions of the end of life as we know it. Alien Invasion, too, brings to the mix otherworldly horrors and the threat of the unknown, and introduces our first translated story from China as part of a long-term co-operation with Science Fiction World: a magazine dedicated to the genre with around 100,000 monthly readers.
Flight of the Storm God by Mike Adamson
A Brief Moment of Rage by Bill Davidson
City of Emerald Ash by Michael Paul Gonzalez
Written on the Skin by Michael Haynes
Silent Night by Liam Hogan
Changed by Jennifer Hudak
Dust Devil by Curt Jeffreys
Away They Go or Hurricane Season by Su-Yee Lin
An Introvert at the End of the World by Wendy Nikel
Turn, World, Turn by Konstantine Paradias
In the Way You Should Go by Darren Ridgley
Resurrection Blues by John B. Rosenman
Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Ash by Zach Shephard
We Make Tea by Meryl Stenhouse
Bleed the Weak by Morgan Sylvia
Subsumption by Lucy Taylor
Dog Island by Natalia Theodoridou
Lost and Found by Shannon Connor Winward
These new authors will appear alongside the following classic and essential writers: Stephen Vincent Benét, J.D. Beresford, Lord Byron, Arthur Conan Doyle, George Allan England, William Hope Hodgson, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, M.P. Shiel, Snorri Sturluson, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells; along with a retelling of the Ancient Sumerian and Babylonian Myth of Apocalypse.